MARSHALL — The hometown Mavericks recorded their first district win Friday night, taking a 2-1 victory over Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats were handcuffed by the stellar pitching of Landon Brune. The senior hurler struck out 11 and also hit a home run in the contest.
“Marshall used their ace (Brune) and he was affective using a curveball about two thirds of the time,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “He struck out a lot of batters. We did not do a good job making adjustments. We swung at the same pitch in the first at-bat that we swung at for the third at-bat. His curve was inticing, he used it well.”
The teams combined for just three runs off seven hits in the pitcher’s duel.
Losing pitcher for Sulphur Springs was Jordan Jackson. The senior southpaw pitched five innings, throwing 77 pitches as he got seven strike outs. He allowed two earned runs off five hits and walked two. Jenner Jackson came in the game in relief, striking out all three batters he faced.
“Jordan pitched his best game so far in district and he had tough luck getting the loss,” Hammack said. “Jordan had a good game, we just gave him no run support.”
At the dish, Cole Hill had a double. Jordan Jackson had the only other hit and scored the lone run for the Wildcats.
Both teams scored one run each in the opening frame.
Marshall’s run came on the Brune homer to right center field to tie the game.
The contest was deadlocked until the fifth inning.
Sulphur Springs was held hitless and did not score a run the remainder of the game.
Marshall scored in the bottom of the fifth. Brandon Bilnoski’s single scored Staylen Roach from first base to give Marshall a 2-1 lead they would hold up for the final.
Other Mavs getting hits were Cameron Hall and Conner Castle.
The win pushed the Mavericks record to 1-4 in district, 8-15 overall. Sulphur Springs fell to 2-3, 12-8-1.
“Marshall is a team with good players, but they had not been winning. I knew they would break out of it and somebody would pay and it was us,” Hammack said. “They played well. They had been struggling, but they put it together against us. Marshall played well.”
The Wildcats are still in the middle of the pack with the district loss.
Hammack added, “We still control our destiny. If the season ended today we would make the playoffs. We will bounce back from this tough loss. I have confidence in this team.”
The Wildcats play Rains in a 1 p.m. Saturday home non-district game.
Sulphur Springs hosts Mount Pleasant at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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